Title Profile & Character Information

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Annotation

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him--something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, listeners are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

Contains Bonus Short Story "The New World"



Awards
2008  Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
2011-2012  Virginia Reader's Choice Awards

Characters
NameHewitt, Todd
GenderBoy
TraitRunaway

GenreYoung adult fiction
Science fiction
Adventure
Thriller
Dystopia
TopicsDystopias
Space colonies
Secrets
Runaways
Small town secrets
Small town life
Teenage boys
Self-discovery
Dogs
Pets
Boys
SettingSmall town